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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Delayed Father's Day Dinner ala Catherine

 Good morning,

Catherine made us a fabulous gourmet Father's Day Dinner yesterday.  She had an obligation last week at a dog show on Father's Day so asked if she could prepare dinner this weekend instead.   It was wonderful to have it a week after the fact so that we could continue to celebrate.  

She prepared grilled lamb, very special potatoes prepared in the crock pot, cabbage, and mushrooms.  My goodness, it was all fabulous!

Thank you, Catherine!

Love you,


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Petunia Wannabee

 Good morning,

We finally had some rain - not enough, but some rain.

When I glanced over at one of my patio flower pots yesterday morning, I saw this "blossom."  At first, it looked like a petunia, but it is some sort of fungus.

It's actually quite pretty.



Friday, June 24, 2022

It Could Be Worse

 Good morning,

I filled the car with gas yesterday and this is what my pump told me I would pay for 9.558 gallons of unleaded.  My $4.969/gallon price was already $.03 off because I used my Kroger discount card.

Yes, it could be a whole lot worse.  I could live in New York or California or....

Happy Summer,


Thursday, June 23, 2022


 Good morning,

Staying home during the pandemic changed so many things including our concept of preparing meals.  The important thing is that we still eat together.

We don't eat big meals any more;  we prefer to "graze."  We end up eating smaller amounts several times a day which suits us just fine.  We are both losing weight doing this, although that is not the prime objective.

Catherine brought home some deli salami and swiss cheese.  That combined with crackers made a great grazing-style dinner for us.  Later a little fruit and yogurt rounds out the evening.

I'll venture to say many other people have changed their meal preparation routine during and since the pandemic, too.

All the best,


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Blossom of the Day

 Good morning,

This is one of my several African Violets that live happily in my dining room.  This particular plant hasn't bloomed for awhile so it was a pleasure to see it bloom this week.

If I had space, I would have many more of these pretty plants.

Happy Summer!


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Breakfast for Dinner - Banana Pancakes

 Good morning,

It is good to be retired.  We can eat what we want (within reason) when we want.  Breakfast for dinner is a big hit here, but I do work at providing a little variety.

I think the last time I made banana pancakes, the kids were small.  They taste just as good or even better now.  :)

My method is to add the banana slices atop the batter after I've poured it in the pan to fry.

After turning and frying on the "banana side", the rich flavor of toasted banana is quite yummy.  I served these with maple syrup, eggs, and bacon for a very satisfying meal.

Ah, yes, there are very few rules in retirement!



Monday, June 20, 2022

Left Overs for Lunch

  Good morning,

My Honey likes just about anything on an open faced sandwich. I've discovered that's a very Norwegian thing to do.  ;)

Here you see he has put pieces of baked fish with cheese on sliced croissants.

Looks pretty good!